Having a child will change your career in more ways than one. Not only is there the time missed from taking maternity or paternity leave, but industry or technology changes can also put your career behind the curve. Thankfully, I found that Simplilearn’s online bootcamp gave me the tools and education to put my career back on a winning trajectory.
My name is Radhika Joshi from Madhya Pradesh in Central India. I earned solid education credentials, including a Masters in Computer Applications (MCA). After gaining nearly two years of experience working in computer applications, I married in 2017. I shifted to Mumbai and then to Pune to live with my husband.
A year later, I got pregnant and had to leave my job at JMR Infotech. I couldn’t return to work after the delivery because our child was born prematurely. My leave led to a career gap of 3.5 years. When I finally decided to restart my career, once things at home started to settle, I discovered that the industry had transformed. I no longer had the skills needed to compete at the same level. I realized that I had to upskill myself to reenter the job market. In 2021, I began exploring the courses I would need.
During my research, I came across Simplilearn’s Full Stack Java Developer (Job Guarantee Program) and signed up in July 2021. It was ideal because it offered me a job guarantee, which I needed after being away from work.
The course was beneficial, and the team of professional instructors cleared all of my doubts. Yes, taking the class and caring for our young child was initially tricky, but Simplilearn’s flexibility allowed me to carve out the necessary time to meet both priorities. I studied in the evening on weekdays, and on weekends, I studied in the morning.
Simplilearn provided me with full assistance in my job search after I completed the course. I secured a job with TCS with a 50% salary hike, and I received the designation of C1- Software Engineer — a nice increase in title that reflected my new talents. During my interview at TCS, they asked me questions about Spring Boot framework — an open-source, microservice-based Java web framework. I explained it very well during the interview using my experience in Simplilearn’s course and our capstone project.
The importance of upskilling
When I started applying for the jobs, I realized that there were a lot of changes in my sector. Whereas I had worked with Java only, other industry professionals had moved on to using frameworks, DevOps, and Angular Front End.
I realized I needed to upskill myself and enrolled in Simplilearn’s Full Stack Java Developer program to enhance my skills and get a job best suited to my talents.